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Bush Given Florida, But Legal Battle Grinds On
Rosalea Barker On US Elections: Confusion Reigns
Prebble’s Letter From Wellington
Interim Injunction Stalls Imposter Cookie Sales
Economic Outlook For Summer Fine
Frustration, As Climate Change Agreement Fails
Tory Defence Chinwag
Fiji Sporting Ban Extended
National Informs
Fiji: NZ Diplomat Stirs Up Row
Wilson Knows Too Much And Should Step Aside – Ian Wishart

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Bush Given Florida, But Legal Battle Grinds On

- Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris has certified the final count of ballots cast in Florida, declaring Republican George W. Bush the winner of Florida and the next President of the United States by a margin of 537 votes. See... NewsFlash: Bush Wins Florida [1] COMMENTARY: LEA BARKER - US Elections: The Custard Thickens [2] - C.D. SLUDGE - Sludge Report #43 – US Elections Scenario Yuck! [3] Howard’s End: International Finance And Telecoms Insanity - The Bank for International Settlements says that 30% of this year's international syndicated loans were for telecom debt while in Europe, it's a record-breaking 40% of total loans. This is an accident waiting to happen. John Howard writes. See... Howard’s End: An Accident Waiting To Happen [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00154.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00156.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00155.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00152.htm


Rosalea Barker On US Elections: Confusion Reigns

- Do you remember "Soap", the TV serial that began each week with someone recapping what had happened last week and then saying: "Confused? You won't be after this week's episode"? Well, substitute 'hour' for 'week' and 'Vote' for 'Soap' and you've pretty much got the idea of what it's like to watch TV news bulletins at the moment here in America. See... US Elections: Austin, We Have A Problem [1] . See also ... Rosalea Barker: Three Little Magic Words [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00151.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00143.htm


Prebble’s Letter From Wellington

- Christmas Polling Woes - Will The Health Legislation Pass? - Taxpayers Rights - Bill - The Widening Gaps - Maori MPs Concerned - Rubbery Figures - ACT Wednesday. See... Richard Prebble's Letter From Wellington #40 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00480.htm


Interim Injunction Stalls Imposter Cookie Sales

- The maker of New Zealands best-known Cookie, Cookie Time Limited, was successful today in the Auckland High Court in obtaining an Interim Injunction against Griffins Foods. See... Cookie Time Wins Interim Injunction [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0011/S00177.htm


Economic Outlook For Summer Fine

- “The rebound in business confidence shown in the latest National Bank survey suggests the winter of discontent is over and that the economy is in for a good summer,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... Confidence rebounding strongly - Cullen [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00477.htm


Frustration, As Climate Change Agreement Fails

- Pete Hodgson, New Zealand's minister at the World Conference on Climate Change in The Hague, said today the failure of the conference to reach an agreement on implementing the Kyoto Protocol was disappointing but there was hope that more progress might might be made at a supplementary meeting next year. See... Climate Conference Failure Disappointing [1] . See also…Influence Of Green Parties Felt In Climate Treaty [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00474.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00471.htm


Tory Defence Chinwag

- Over the weekend the National Party held a defence policy seminar in Auckland. Several speeches delivered at the seminar follow. - SENATOR SANDY MACDONALD (1) - Saturday Speech By Senator Sandy Macdonald [1] - SENATOR SANDY MACDONALD (2) -NZ Defence Policy - An Australian Perspective [2] - JENNY SHIPLEY - Jenny Shipley Address To Defence Seminar [3] - WAYNE MAPP - Wayne Mapp Address To Defence Seminar [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00470.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00469.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00468.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00467.htm


Fiji Sporting Ban Extended

- New Zealand will extend its ban on sporting contacts with Fiji into next year, Foreign Minister Phil Goff and Sports Minister Trevor Mallard announced today. See... Fiji sporting ban [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00483.htm


National Informs

- In the latest edition of the National Party weekly newsletter this week: E for education - Savings slashed - All talk at summit - Fatigue in hospitals - Students trapped - National on the road - Quote of the week. See... National Party Informer #27 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00481.htm


Fiji: NZ Diplomat Stirs Up Row

- SUVA: New Zealand High Commissioner Tia Barrett's comments criticising the delay in bringing people responsible for the coup and mutiny in Fiji to justice have reportedly stirred a "diplomatic incident" and a caution from the police. See... Diplomat's Criticisms Over Coup Justice Stir Row [1] and NZ Envoy Challenges Delay In Justice Over Coup [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0011/S00208.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0011/S00206.htm


Wilson Knows Too Much And Should Step Aside – Ian Wishart

- After talking to David Lange today The Editor of Investigate magazine is calling on Attorney-General Margaret Wilson to step aside from any further role in the Winebox controversy. See... Attorney-General Should Step Aside From Wine-box [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00150.htm

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